"Fire and Fury" in the news: "The base wanted someone who was blatantly racist"

Writes economist Paul Krugman in the NYT, "The basic outlines of his story have long been familiar and uncontroversial to anyone with open eyes. Trump is morally and intellectually incapable of being president. He has also exploited his office for personal gain, obstructed justice, and colluded with a hostile foreign power. Everyone who doesnít get their news from Fox has basically known this for a while, although Wolff helps focus our minds on the subject. It seems to me that that the real news now is the way Republicans in Congress are dealing with this national nightmare: rather than distancing themselves from Trump, theyíre doubling down on their support and, in particular, on their efforts to cover for his defects and crimes." more »


The men who cost Hillary Clinton the election

By many measures, Hillary Clinton was the most qualified person ever to represent a major political part in a US presidential election. With men like Matt Lauer, Bill O'Reilly, Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin all having been accused of sexual assault or harassment, their drumbeat of condescension toward Secretary Clinton looks more and more like an extension of their private disdain toward women of accomplishment. Writes Jill Filipovic, "This moment isnít about a nation of confused men. Itís about a minority of men who choose to treat women alternately as walking sex objects or bothersome and potentially devious nags." more »
The Christmas mystery: why does God value faith over reason?

Writes Peter Wehner at Christmas for the NY Times, "To emphasize faith is not to cast out doubt. In fact, it is precisely to take doubt seriously, but also to understand the doubter more completely ó not just as a reasoning mind but as a full person, possessed of a divine spark that lets us see, now and then, right through the walls we have built between faith and reason." more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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